Ixias are attractive and graceful flowering bulbs from the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa. Ixia ‘Bluebird’ is a newer variety with strong stems and pale blue star-like flowers in June and July. Plants grow to a height of 40-50cm and look great in pots or a border. The strong stems make this a good cut flower.
Ixias prefers a sunny sheltered spot and well drained soil. Do not plant in the shade as the plants will become spindly. This is a just-hardy bulb, but can be left in the soil if covered with straw or leaves in the winter.
Pack of 10 bulbs. Plant in autumn or spring. These are good-sized nursery-raised bulbs which flower in the first season.
Available now autumn 2018.
||Hardy deciduous perennial (corms)
||June to July
||40 - 50cm
||Sun and well drained, preferably sandy, soil
Plant October to December 8cm deep and 8cm apart in unfrozen soil. In pots, plant 5 bulbs in a 12cm pot. In less well-drained soil place grit or sand at the bottom of the planting hole. After planting, mulch the soil surface to protect the bulbs over winter. Bulbs can be planted in late spring in colder areas, and plants will flower a little later. Bulbs can be forced into early flowering. To force, plant bulbs into pots in autumn and keep in a cool (2°C - 10°C), dry and dark place. Water when growth starts. In January, bring growing plants into warmth (about 12-15°C) and light and plants flower from March/April.
||Make sure plants have enough light and water in spring when they are growing and flowering. Remove flower stalks after flowering. Let the leaves die down after flowering and remove when they have browned. Leave the bulbs in the ground over winter with a mulch to protect against heavy frosts. When plants become congested, lift the bulbs in the summer, and re-plant the mature bulbs and the offsets that form alongside them. Off-sets flower in 1-2 years after re-planting. Bulbs flower for many years.